Abuse and shame the legacies of Sweden's old assimilation polices: report

3:55 min
  • Speakers of the Meänkieli language in Sweden were subjected to physical and emotional abuse, and even racial biology examinations.

  • That's part of the evidence collected by a truth and reconciliation commission looking at historical assimilation policies targeting Tornedalians, Kvens and Lantalainen, minority groups based mostly in northern Sweden and along the Finnish border.

  • ”Their mother tongue, Meänkieli, became something they started to feel shamed of,” says Anna-Lena Sjölund, one of the commission's secretaries. A similar truth commission for the Sami people is also currently underway.